Thanksgiving entertainment is typically dominated by football and parades. Compared to Christmas, there are relatively few special shows and films dedicated to this holiday.
But among the more limited options, there are some real symbols that you shouldn’t miss. Here are seven of our favorites.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” was created after the success of the popular Peanuts Christmas special. And although ABC owns the rights to the popular show, it won’t air on television this year. Instead, head to AppleTV+, where you can stream it anytime.
Planes, trains and automobiles
Traveling on vacation can be stressful, as Steve Martin learns in this ’80s favorite. Desperate to get home to his wife for Thanksgiving, Martin’s character teams up with John Candy to find an unlikely traveling companion. This hilarious film is available on Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
What would a vacation be without a little family drama? Starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long, this 1997 classic tells the story of a family that comes together after Big Mama falls into a coma. See if they can survive a family dinner while solving their problems on HBO Max.
Inspired by a true story, a couple is ready to start a family and considers adoption. They fall in love with a little boy, only to learn that he has two other siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl.
This animated film follows two turkeys who find a time machine. Using their newfound device, the two travel back in time to try to take turkey off the menu. Featuring voice actors from Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, this animated film is fun for adults and children. It’s available on Netflix.
A family event turns chaotic when a closeted woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, but her coming out efforts are thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate. Available on Peacock.
A college freshman finds herself alone on Thanksgiving as she cures her disappointment and loneliness by getting drawn into her future stepsister’s crazy plans. Available on Max and Hulu.